New York Yankees: JA Happ Continues To Struggle

After a fantastic finish to the 2018 season, the New York Yankees inked left hand pitcher JA Happ to a two year deal with a player option through 2020 (2021 with option). We thought that it was a great signing at first, but Happ has really struggled this year, and Sunday was no exception.

Happ went just four innings against the Houston Astros, giving up eight runs and 11 hits. His ERA rose to 5.23 with a WHIP now at 1.28.

Run support

Sunday was actually Happ’s first loss since 5/4 against the Minnesota Twins. He kept picking up wins off of run support. Happ also has lacked distance in the majority of his starts.

The lefty had two scoreless starts against the Giants and the Mariners, but those two starts were almost two months ago. Since then, he gave up six runs and three runs to the Orioles in back-to-back starts, going 3 and 2/3 and 5 and 1/3 innings respectively. He also had a poor start against the Royals in Kansas City.

In his loss against the Twins, he gave up four runs, as well as his start against the White Sox. He’s only gone more than five innings in seven of his 15 starts.

Could he be at risk?

The Yankees seem to be shopping starting pitchers to acquire at the trade deadline, but no matter who they get, I believe that JA Happ will be safe.

He won’t get traded, and he won’t get sent to the bullpen. If he can be just a bit more consistent and not struggle with poor teams, then he will be more effective.

 

 

The New York Knicks starting point guard is…

The New York Knicks have many decisions to make this off-season. One thing that Coach Fizdale needs to look at is the shooting guard position.

The Knicks need a scorer. After trading away Tim Hardaway Jr., the Knicks did not have a consistent shooting guard.

Many players have played that position.  Daymean Dotson, Allonzo Trier and Kadeem Allen are labeled as shooting guards on the roster.

With that being said, who should start the season in that position?

Coach Fizdale appears to have fallen in love with Kadeem Allen.  Allen played well for the Knicks after being called up from Westchester.  He can score, is aggressive and also provide defensive support.

Dotson can score as well and provides even better defensive coverage than Allen.  Trier is probably the best pure scorer of the three, but his defense is not as good as the other two.

However, with the Knicks lacking scorers with their current lineup, Trier might be to be the guy to start the season in the shooting guard role.

Frank Ntilikina could also be consider, however, he needs to take a giant leap on the offensive side.

The Knicks will most likely be juggling with this position again all season until they find the correct player.  Any of the four Knicks mentioned can be the consistent shooting guard.  It all depends on who wants to be the best two-way shooting guard.

New York Yankees: Is it time to say goodbye to Clint Frazier?

New York Yankees, Clint Frazier

Clint Frazier has been a fixture in the New York Yankees organization since the Andrew Miller trade in 2016. The Yankees acquired him and Gleyber Torres in what was a complete liquidation of their veteran assets. Torres has evidently been phenomenal in the majors but the same can’t be said about his counterpart.

You’re probably thinking what the hell Dylan, Clint has been great this year. Don’t get me wrong, he has been phenomenal at the plate and I truly love watching him play. However, he made costly defensive miscues and was a headache with the media. Not only that, but with a logjam in the Yankees outfield currently with Stanton and Judge returning, it’s difficult to find him consistent playing time in the majors, and it may always be difficult.

It feels as though this time last year the same sentiment was being repeated. For now, Gardner, Stanton, Hicks, and Judge are in the outfield but it will all work itself out and Clint will find playing time.

The fact is, it may never work itself out fully.

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Estevan Florial is only one and a half to two years out from being majors ready and the Yankees just committed to Aaron Hicks long term this past offseason.

Another factor is that Clint only has the rest of this season and next season with options remaining, so essentially he needs to carve himself a spot on the big league team by next season or else things will get tricky.

The simple observation shows you that Clint has had a great year behind the plate that has canceled out his other mistakes, his stock is at a point it may never reach again.

Now is the time to jump on trading him to another squad. It’s not only the best move for New York but it’s the best move for Clint. The ideal situation would be to flip Clint and be able to find the missing piece to win the 28th ring. The ideal situation for both sides is to say goodbye to “Red Thunder”.

New York Yankees send Cameron Maybin to 10-day injured list

New York Yankees, Cameron Maybin

The New York Yankees have lost another productive player to the injury bug with outfielder Cameron Maybin being sent to the 10-day injured list.

The first-year Yankee heard a “pop” in his calf that later was discovered to be a strain.

Nestor Cortes Jr., who was sent down several days ago to make room for Aaron Judge, has been called back up to the MLB. He will help compensate for injuries to Domingo German and Luis Severino while Maybin recovers. It was expected that Maybin would remain in the lineup as he’s been very productive this season, hitting .314 on the year with five homers and 14 RBIs.

He’s in the midst of a career renaissance, earning a 139 wRC+, proving that his elevation is legitimate and deserving of a spot in the lineup. It seems as if the Yankees have managed to elevate the games of their respective fill-in players after injuries to the starting team.

With Judge and Stanton returning only a few days ago, the Yanks should be in a position to excel with additional run-support.

New York Giants: B.J. Hill Has Potential To Be An Elite Defender In His Second Season

New York Giants, BJ Hill

The New York Giants sneakily had one of the best draft classes in the NFL last season. They drafted the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in Saquon Barkley in the 1st-round. Big Blue then went on to draft starters in each of the next three rounds.

The Giants selected Will Hernandez in the 2nd-round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Hernandez stepped in as a talented starter immediately. New York then drafted to defenders in the 3rd-round.

The Giants’ first pick in the 3rd-round of the 2018 NFL Draft was Lorenzo Carter. He was a raw prospect who flashed tons of potential as a rookie but will need to make a leap in 2019 as a starter.

Unlike Carter, the Giants’ second pick in the 3rd-round (B.J. Hill) has already proven himself to be a solid defender. If Hill can build on his rookie season in 2019, he could prove to be an elite defender in his second season.

B.J. Hill Stats And Highlights

B.J. Hill was quietly one of the best rookie defensive linemen in the NFL in 2018. He was a disruptive pass-rusher from the interior, as well as a solid run-defender.

According to Pro Football Focus, B.J. Hill posted an above-average grade of 69.7 last season. This is especially impressive when considering Hill was only a rookie in 2018.

Hill was third in the NFC in run stops with 22. This puts Hill in elite company, considering the star defensive linemen in this division (such as Fletcher Cox, Tyrone Crawford). The Giants’ very own Dalvin Tomlinson lead the division with 26 stops. Hill and Tomlinson combined to create a fearsome duo in 2018.

Tomlinson was the Giants’ best run defender in 2018, but Hill was the defensive line’s best pass-rusher. In fact, B.J. Hill was one of the best rookie pass-rushers in Giants history. B.J. Hill set a New York Giants franchise record in 2018. His 5.5 sacks were the most ever by a rookie in Giants history since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

B.J. Hill tallied 27 pressures as a rookie according to PFF. He also had 8 quarterback hits to go along with his 27 pressures and 5.5 sacks. Hill even totaled 6 tackles for loss and 48 combined tackles.

As B.J. Hill and Dalvin Tomlinson continue to progress, the Giants’ defensive line will progress into one of the league’es best. The Giants threw Dexter Lawrence into the mix this offseason, giving the Gmen a beastly defensive front. The New York Giants now have one of the best young defensive fronts in the NFL.

New York Knicks: D’Angelo Russell looking more like a reality

New York Knicks, D'Angelo Russell

With Kyrie Irving reportedly taking his talents to the Brooklyn Nets, the New York Knicks are in a good position to pursue D’Angelo Russell for their starting point guard position.

Irving, who was unhappy in Boston, will make his return to New York with the Nets being the favored team. The atmosphere and direction they’re headed seem to be more in-line with Kyrie’s goals. That will certainly influence the decision of superstar Kevin Durant and other free agents looking to make a move to the Big Apple.

Russell has already stated he wants to stay in New York, which is a good sign for the Knicks since it would be a short drive up to Madison Square Garden.

SNY’s Ian Begley stated:

“If Irving ends up signing in Brooklyn, it may have an interesting ripple effect on the roster, particularly D’Angelo Russell.”

“Russell, a restricted free agent, will likely draw significant interest on the open market. The 23-year-old is coming off of an All-Star season in which he helped lead Brooklyn to the playoffs. Members of the Pacers organization are high on Russell” [SNY]

After drafting RJ Barrett with the 3rd overall pick on Thursday night, it leaves the point guard position thin. They do have Dennis Smith Jr. and Frank Ntilikina at the spot, but the reality is neither will likely be franchise caliber players. Smith Jr. is a solid offensive performer but needs to work on his defense.

Russell presents an elite option that likely wouldn’t require a max-contract to sign. That allows the Knicks to bring in a superstar and more, which would help the team ‘establish a sense of veteranship and stability. Additionally, having quality depth is always a positive thing.

However, they should still be focused on providing their young players with ample playing time to aid their development. I do think, though, that Russell would be a great addition for the Knicks.

 

New York Giants: Kareem Martin expected to make a bigger impact in 2019

New York Giants, Kareem Martin

The New York Giants signed outside linebacker Kareem Martin in 2018 with the anticipation that he would be an impactful player on the defensive front.

A former player for defensive coordinator James Bettcher, Martin was versed in his schemes and play-styles, allowing him to help his teammates adapt. I feel as though that was his primary usage and role last season, as he only racked up 48 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

What does Kareem Martin count against the New York Giants’ cap?

General manager Dave Gettleman signed Kareem on a three-year, $15 million deal, and it’s very unlikely the Giants elect to cut him this offseason due to his dead-cap hit.

Counting 5.941M against the cap, Martin also holds a $4.833M dead-cap hit which only represents a $1.1M increase in cap-space if cut. The Giants are better off keeping him around and utilizing him in a similar role to Markus Golden and Oshane Ximines.

However, the 6-foot-6 defender could see his role diminished alongside Ximines and Golden, two new players looking to leave their mark in their first season with the team. Martin will earn a pretty penny to be a glorified teacher.

On a positive note, Martin did rack up 10 QB hits last season, showing that he’s capable, to an extent, when it comes to getting into the backfield and causing pressure. The Giants and Bettcher will ask the same of him again in 2019, something he needs to improve on and provide more value.

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Adding players like Dexter Lawrence and Jabrill Peppers on defense should help in creating more opportunity in the trenches. Peppers’ ability to move around the field will force opposing offenses to be more conservative and utilize their tight ends in passing schemes, otherwise, Peppers will play close to the line of scrimmage and blitz.

Lawrence’s massive presence will open up holes for stunts and more efficient blitzes for players like Martin. Overall, we should see more production from the defensive front this upcoming season.

 

New York Yankees: Max Scherzer becoming a reality after initial reservations

Could the New York Yankees pursue Max Scherzer in a trade?

Are the New York Yankees serious about acquiring Max Scherzer?

After reports stated that the Yankees would have to give up a ton of assets to acquire National superstar pitcher Max Scherzer, it’s believed that GM Brian Cashman will do whatever it takes to trade for the building block.

SNY | John Harper: A report from Harper says a source said Brian Cashman will do “whatever it takes” to land Scherzer. The Nationals aren’t keen on letting their star walk without gaining a ton in a potential trade. The cost ultimately might be too much to consider, especially considering he’s a future Hall of Famer.

When considering the return of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, the Yankees’ lineup is one of, if not the most intimidating in baseball. The immense talent featured is too much for any team to contain, which makes me believe the Yanks don’t necessarily need to bring in another starting pitcher.

“It has to be one of the most imposing lineups the game has ever seen,” a rival executive SNY on Friday. “Minnesota is having a great year offensively, but nobody can match the Yankees’ firepower from top to bottom, especially with everybody healthy.

However, if Scherzer is deemed to be available, the Bombers won’t hesitate to make a run at the pitcher. He would immediately upgrade the rotation exponentially and become the team’s ace.

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The rotation could look something like this:

1.) Max Scherzer

2.) Luis Severino

3.) Masahiro Tanaka

4.) James Paxton

5.) Domingo German

6.) CC Sabathia

When all are healthy, the Yanks have the best teams in baseball hands down. With the trade deadline being July 31, there’s no doubt he will be working tirelessly to bolster the team and provide support to supplement the injured players. Whether or not Scherzer will be a part of a potential deal is yet to be seen.

New York Giants News, 6/23 – Kevin Zeitler leads the way in rebuild

New York Giants, Kevin Zeitler

Good Morning, New York Giants Fans!

When Giants’ general manager Dave Gettleman elected to trade oft-injured pass-rusher Olivier Vernon, the initial shock was confusing. After seeing the return on the trade, I began to understand the premise behind the deal.

Gettleman traded away a player that was impacted when on the field, but the issue was just that. He spent enough time on the sidelines to justify a trade, allowing the Giants to upgrade the offensive line, specifically the right guard spot with Zeitler.

Vernon has missed 10 games in the last two seasons. Last year, he managed seven sacks, but Gettleman traded his defensive production for the No. 1 pass-blocking guard in the NFL.

The bottom line, the Giants now have an offensive line capable of protecting Eli Manning and opening up running lanes for Saquon Barkley. In addition to Zeitler, Mike Remmers was also brought in to replace Chad Wheeler at right tackle. It will be interesting to see how Manning operates with more time — if his efficiency increases and overall production sees a spike.

He’s been prone to consistent pressure over the past few years forcing him to check down to his running back, but giving him more time to work through his progressions should present the offense with more opportunity.

Your Giants top news of the day!

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Ed Valentine (Big Blue View) – Giants’ 90-man roster: Kareem Martin could see diminished role in 2019

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